Four-star 2017 forward Luka Garza of The Maret School in Washington, D.C., is beginning to get his fall visits plans in order.
The 6-foot-9 prospect from the Team Takeover AAU program tells Peegs that he knows at least three schools he plans to visit.
“In the fall, I’m going to Indiana and probably Georgia and back to Louisville for an official,” Garza said. “I’m not completely sure, but I think official visits at this point for Georgia and Indiana.”
This past weekend, Garza took unofficial visits to Louisville and Alabama.
Garza was offered a scholarship by Indiana coach Tom Crean on June 16.
“Talking with coach Crean, I really like him. I know this is an opportunity I have to look at closely. I’ll take a visit, see it, see how I fit in. I really like what they’re saying. If I take a visit, I’ll get a better feel,” Garza said.
“He’s talked to me about how he would develop me. He talked about the skills I have and that they need them and the fact that Thomas Bryant could leave next year, so they would need somebody to make up for the loss of him.”
Bryant, Indiana’s 6-foot-10 center heading into his sophomore year, is currently projected as a 2017 first-round NBA draft pick.
If that occurred, it would give Indiana three front court players — Cody Zeller, Noah Vonleh and Bryant — drafted in the first round in a five-year span.
A skilled player who is very open that his mobility and athleticism need to take strides, Garza isn’t thinking NBA right now, but he is thinking development.
“That is definitely a part of it,” he said. “That’s one of the biggest pieces I’m looking at, the ability to go to a program that can develop me and a coach that’s going to maximize my potential over however many years I’m there.
“Indiana is definitely one of those programs that develops guys.”
Georgia is one of the schools that offered Garza a scholarship in the spring.
“Talking with coach (Mark) Fox, I also really like what his message is toward me and how he thinks I can do at Georgia,” Garza said.
“That’s definitely a part of it. I think that could be a great opportunity as well.”
Garza has been on campus at Louisville, Alabama, Iowa (official), Columbia, George Washington and Georgetown (twice).
Louisville and Alabama also are schools that offered scholarships in the spring.
“I really enjoyed both visits, talking with coach Avery Johnson and coach (Rick) Pitino. It was great for me. I got to meet those guys. I hadn’t met them yet,” he said.
“That was fun. I’m starting to build relationships, see how I would fit in and just touring the facilities. Both had great facilities, and the players were great.”